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NIGF Trend Preview Will Feature Five Palettes, More than 80 Products

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.  - The first Open House project at the New York International Gift Fair this summer will feature five color palettes identified by Pantone as well as more than 80 products selected by etailer One Kings Lane to support key home trends identified by Home Textiles Today and sister publication Home Accents Today.
     The five design trends will be showcased along with corresponding colorsways in a curated display during the show at the Jacob Javits Center in New York from Aug. 18-22.
     Open House provides buyers with a look into the future, said Christian Falkenberg, NYIGF director and GLM vp. The product display uses actual products being introduced to the market to exemplify trends that are gaining importance in the industry.
     The first of the five trends, American Vintage, is heavy on nostalgia, merging classic motifs like denim, patchwork, numbers and flags with distressed finishes, salvaged materials and schoolroom style. The themes color palette includes shades of blues, green and gray, identified by Pantone names: Amazon, Bright White, Mars Red, Micro Chip, Oil Yellow, Peppercorn, Stonewash, Turkish Sea and Vintage Indigo. Featured products within American Vintage include: a recycled herringbone wool throw and cushion by Nkuku; a shadow box with a vintage U.S. flag design by Halo Styles; and polished brass tabletop telescope by Authentic Models.
     The minimalist and streamlined French Moderne Way look brings to life elegant French design, blending rich materials and exotic elements. The color palette includes muted neutrals and traditional dark blues and reds, named: Almost Mauve, Crown Blue, Gray Morn, Parisian Night, Rose Taupe, Silver, Sparrow, Tibetan Red and White Swan. Featured products within the French Moderne Way include: Lotus Santal triple-milled soap by Thymes and the Le Soleil glass table lamp with a burlap shade by the Jamie Young Company.
     Ethnic looks from the entire North African region are merging and making an appearance via The Marrakesh Express theme. The aged color story, set against distressed finishes and richly-aged patina metal surfaces, includes: Antique Moss, Cloudburst, Deep Mahogany, Fir Green, Mecca Orange, Moonstruck, Morel, Red Dahlia, Rooibos Tea and Stormy Weather. Featured products within Marrakesh Express include: the hand-hammered stainless steel Riviera Vase by Mary Jurek Design Inc.; hand embroidered Kashmiri cushions by Nkuku; and the Lucky metal lamp by the Jamie Young Company.
     The Linen Revival theme emphasizes a dry hand, with rough linens that look hand-loomed; two-color tweeds; and animal patterns such as zebra and alligator wovens. The colors reach beyond light neutrals, and include Arabian Spice, Caramel Caf, Deep Well, Hemp, Orange Pepper, Papyrus, Seal Brown and Toasted Coconut. Featured products within Linen Revival include: 100% silk runner placemats and napkins hand-woven in Ethiopia by Creative Women; a canvas and leather table lamp by the Jamie Young Company; and rustic linen cushions and linen journals by Nkuku.
     The Graphic Modern look is grounded by strong print statements with pop, often rendered in just one or two colors. The jewel-toned colors representing this theme include Bosphorus, Cayenne, Evening Blue, Gloxinia, Green Sheen, Jazzy, Sodalite Blue, Tender Shoots and Wild Aster. Featured products within Graphic Modern include: hand blown glass pouring bowls and flower vases from Two Tone Studios LLC; the Chevron jacquard shawl by String Theory; and the Memphis tea towel sets by Fotofolio/Artpost.
     A related seminar will take place Aug. 19 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Titled Open House - Whats Hot in Home Design?, the session will explore trends influencing home products. Warren Shoulberg, editorial director of Home Textiles Today and sister publication Gifts & Decorative Accessories, will moderate the panel discussion, which includes Susan Feldman, One Kings Lane co-founder and chief merchandising officer, and Laurie Pressman, Pantone vp fashion, home and interiors. Tickets, which cost $20 advance/$25 onsite, are available online at www.nyigf.com/programs.

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